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Ireland’s annual funding to UNHCR tops US$20 million for first time

04 April 2007

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 4 (UNHCR) – Ireland's annual contribution to UNHCR and its work has topped US$20 million for the first time with the announcement this week that it will give the agency US$16.9 million in core funding this year.

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UNHCR welcomes draft bill that will let refugee doctors practise in Ireland

28 February 2007

DUBLIN, Ireland, February 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday welcomed draft legislation that will allow refugees who are qualified medical doctors to register and practise in Ireland for the first time.

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Irish Red Cross to help reunite refugee families in Ireland

15 February 2007

DUBLIN, Ireland, February 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency in Ireland has signed its first agreement with the Irish Red Cross on coordination between the two agencies on family reunification for refugees, a process that is expected to accelerate amid the recent decline in asylum applications.

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Student journalists face the challenge of reporting on asylum

27 December 2005

DUBLIN, Ireland, December 27 (UNHCR) – As a prize for winning an asylum reporting competition among journalism schools in Ireland, UNHCR's Representation in Dublin sent a student journalist to Romania to witness developments in refugee protection on the borders of the European Union.

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Facing up to asylum in Ireland

06 July 2005

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 6 (UNHCR) – Visitors to the Ilac Centre, one of Dublin's main public libraries, are showing great interest in a unique and eye-catching exhibition portraying the lives of asylum seekers in Ireland.

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Ireland to resettle more refugees, says Minister

06 July 2005

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 6 (UNHCR) – Visitors to the Ilac Centre, one of Dublin's main public libraries, are showing great interest in a unique and eye-catching exhibition portraying the lives of asylum seekers in Ireland.

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Irish government consults refugees on integration for the first time

07 October 2004

DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct 7 (UNHCR) – A milestone in Ireland's effort to integrate refugees was reached earlier this week when the government's Reception & Integration Agency held direct consultations with 50 refugees for the first time on steps to support their integration.

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UNHCR urges Ireland to resettle more refugees 25 years after first Vietnamese arrive

30 June 2004

DUBLIN, Ireland, June 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has urged Ireland to resettle more refugees as the country celebrates World Refugee Day and the 25th anniversary of the first resettlement of Vietnamese refugees.

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Ireland grants refugees and asylum seekers right to vote

30 April 2004

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 30 (UNHCR) – Refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland will be eligible to vote for the first time in local elections on June 11 this year, following uncertainty based on the lack of recognition of their identity documents.

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Lubbers launches UN appeal in Dublin; Government pledges 6.7m euros

20 November 2003

DUBLIN, Nov 20 (UNHCR) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, has marked his first visit to Ireland by launching the Irish leg of a global appeal by the United Nations for $3 billion to meet the needs of some 45 million people in 21 of the world's most serious crises.

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